Golf courses and bowls greens are able to stay open all year round after a Norwich maintenance contractor invested in a SISIS Autoslit.
Grounds staff at Waveney Norse, which is based in Lowestoft, used to have to close courses for two or three days after using machinery to provide better drainage on Norwich grounds.
Operations manager Richard Hackney said: "The greens we maintain are very prone to compaction and get very wet. We needed to perform aeration tasks without disturbing the surface, meaning that people could play straight after."
Local dealer Ben Burgess arranged a trial of the SISIS Autoslit and Hackney said he found it to "tick all the boxes we needed."
"It’s very quick to use with deep clean penetration and minimal surface marking, he said.
The Autoslit is a powered deep slitter and can be used on fine or outfield turf including gold courses, football pitches and lawns. Its tine shafts have a spiral design which assists penetration and it requires little maintenance.
It is available for £4,750 plus VAT and comes with a set of sharp fine turf tines. The tines can be changed and also available are heavy duty or outfield tines.
Waveney Norse is a joint venture company set up in partnership with the local district council and is a subsidiary of Norse Commercial Services, based in Norwich.